National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film)

National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film)
National award for contributions to Indian Cinema
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly called Special Commendation (1978)
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 200,000 (US$3,100)
First awarded 1978
Last awarded 2016
Most recent winner
Highlights
Total awarded 52
First winner
  • Acharya Kripalani

The National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film) is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films. The recipients of Special Jury Award are awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus), cash prize of 200,000 (US$3,100) and certificate of merit.

The award was instituted in 1978, at 26th National Film Awards and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages. This award considers all the aspects of film making than individual area.

Winners

List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), awarded as, film(s), language(s) and citation
Year Recipient(s) Awarded as Film(s) Language(s) Citation Refs.
1978
(26th)
No award [1]
1979
(27th)
 – Director Acharya Kripalani English  – [2]
1980
(28th)
No award [3]
1981
(29th)
Satyajit Ray Director Sadgati Hindi [4]
1982
(30th)
No award [5]
1983
(31st)
Mankada Ravi Varma Director Nokkukuthi Malayalam [6]
1984
(32nd)
T. S. Ranga Director Giddh Hindi  – [7]
1985
(33rd)
Sudha Chandran Actress Mayuri Telugu [8]
1986
(34th)
John Abraham Director Amma Ariyan Malayalam [9]
1987
(35th)
M. B. Sreenivasan (posthumously) Music director  –  – [10]
1988
(36th)
Ashok Ahuja Director Vasundhara Hindi [11]
1989
(37th)
Amitabh Chakraborty Director Kaal Abhirati Bengali [12]
1990
(38th)
Pankaj Kapur Actor Ek Doctor Ki Maut Hindi [13]
1990
(38th)
Sunny Deol Actor Ghayal Hindi
1990
(38th)
Jayabharathi Actress Marupakkam Tamil
1991
(39th)
Soumitra Chatterjee Actor Antardhan Bengali [14]
1992
(40th)
Sivaji Ganesan Actor Thevar Magan Tamil  – [15]
1992
(40th)
Ketan Mehta Director Maya Memsaab Hindi  –
1993
(41st)
Shashi Kapoor Actor Muhafiz Urdu [16]
1993
(41st)
Pallavi Joshi Actress Woh Chokri Hindi
1994
(42nd)
Radhu Karmakar (posthumously) Cinematographer Param Vir Chakra Hindi [17]
1994
(42nd)
Shaji N. Karun Director Swaham Malayalam
1995
(43rd)
Shyam Benegal Director The Making of the Mahatma English [18]
1996
(44th)
Amol Palekar Director Daayraa Hindi [19]
1996
(44th)
Kiron Kher Actress Sardari Begum Urdu
1997
(45th)
Jaimala Actress Thaayi Saheba Kannada [20]
1998
(46th)
 • Drishyakavya
 • Ashoke Viswanathan
 • Producer
 • Director
Kitchhu Sanlap Kitchhu Pralap Bengali [21]
1999
(47th)
Kalabhavan Mani Actor Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum Malayalam [22]
2000
(48th)
Soumitra Chatterjee Actor Dekha Bengali [23]
2001
(49th)
Janaki Vishwanathan Director Kutty Tamil [24]
2002
(50th)
Prakash Raj Actor  –  – [25]
2003
(51st)
Manoj Bajpai Actor Pinjar Hindi [26]
2003
(51st)
 • Roopkatha
 • Goutam Halder
 • Producer
 • Director
Bhalo Theko Bengali
2004
(52nd)
J. Phillip Actor Dancer Tamil [27]
2005
(53rd)
Anupam Kher Actor Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Hindi [28]
2006
(54th)
Vishal Bhardwaj Director Omkara Hindi [29]
2007
(55th)
 • Anil Kapoor
 • Feroz Abbas Khan
 • Producer
 • Director
Gandhi, My Father  • Hindi
 • English
[30]
2008
(56th)
 • NFDC
 • K. M. Madhusudhanan
 • Producer
 • Director
Bioscope Malayalam [31]
2009
(57th)
A. Sreekar Prasad Editor  • Kaminey
 • Keralavarma Pazhassiraja
 • Kutty Srank
 • Hindi
 • Malayalam
 • Malayalam
[32]
2010
(58th)
 • Bindiya Khanolkar
 • Sachin Khanolkar
 • Anant Mahadevan
 • Producer
 • Producer
 • Director
Mee Sindhutai Sapkal Marathi [33]
2011
(59th)
Anjan Dutt  • Actor
 • Singer
 • Writer
 • Director
Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona Bengali [34]
2012
(60th)
Rituparno Ghosh  • Actor
 • Writer
 • Director
Chitrangada Bengali [35]
2012
(60th)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Actor  • Kahaani
 • Gangs of Wasseypur
 • Dekh Indian Circus
 • Talaash
Hindi
2013
(61st)
 • Viva In En
 • Mahesh Limaye
 • Producer
 • Director
Yellow Marathi [36]
2013
(61st)
 • Future East Film Pvt Ltd
 • Ashim Ahluwalia
 • Producer
 • Director
Miss Lovely Hindi
2014
(62nd)
Bhaurao Karhade Director Khwada Marathi [37]
2015
(63rd)
Kalki Koechlin Actress Margarita with a Straw Hindi [38]
2016
(64th)
Mohanlal Actor  • Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol
 • Janatha Garage
 • Pulimurugan
 • Malayalam
 • Telugu
 • Malayalam
[39]